What is Cryotherapy?
Whole body cryotherapy (WBC) was first used in Japan in 1978 by Dr. Toshiro Yamauchi as a means of treating rheumatoid arthritis. The researchers were surprised when test studies began producing other beneficial results beyond rheumatoid arthritis pain management. The cold therapy is administered by Cryo Sauna which is fueled by the vapor of liquid nitrogen to reduce the temperature around the body to -220 to -250 degrees.
What are the benefits of Cryotherapy?
- Reduces inflammation in muscle tissue.
- Quicker recovery time for: endurance runners, Tri athletes, ironman training, obstacle course participants, bodybuilders, and any other athlete or health minded individuals
- Reduces recovery time for those recovering from surgery
- Increased metabolism with each session burning up to 800 calories
- Pain relief from chronic aches and pains due to medical conditions
- Elevates overall mood and can help with depression
- Increases collagen reproduction
- Alleviates headaches and migraines
- All around great for health and wellness
How does it work?
Upon entering the Cryosauna, the individual stands in the chamber while nitrogen gas vaporizes around them. Over a period of up to three minutes, the individual’s skin surface temperature is lowered to approximately 50°F to 30°F. This sudden drop in temperature triggers the skin’s cold receptors to activate the body’s most powerful survival mechanisms- fight or flight. This results in the release of endorphins and a rapid circulation of oxygen & nutrient-rich blood throughout the body that targets any inflammation and repairs the specific area.
What has research has shown?
Many research studies have been conducted showing positive benefits and verifying its safety. Around 2010, WBC found its way to America due to its growing popularity with athletes, athletic trainers and medical practitioners as a way to train harder and recover quicker. In 2015, a well respected orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, founder of the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) came out in full support of WBC.
What do you wear?
Males only need to wear their underwear, while females do not need to wear anything (bra optional & underwear optional). It is okay to wear minimal clothing such as bathing suits or undergarments, but the effects of WBC work best when more skin surface area is exposed. We provide robes for slippers, gloves, socks and a robe to protect the extremities.
How often should you use Cryotherapy?
We recommend clients initially take 5-10 treatments in close succession within their first month to maximize results. After that you can take 1-3 treatments per week to maintain. Some clients may experience noticeable differences after just one treatment, but optimal results typically occur when 10 sessions are completed within your first 3-4 weeks.
Who should use Cryotherapy?
While it is certainly helpful to athletes and those with chronic pain, it is also highly recommended for individuals who simply want to improve their overall health, appearance, and overall wellbeing. There is no an age restriction on treatments. Local treatments can be done on most individuals, where whole body treatments are restricted to the height of an individual. Those individuals under age 18 years must have parental consent and have a parent with them during each session.
Cryotherapy is not recommended for people with the following:
At Fox Valley Cryotherapy, safety is our #1 priority. While we would like everyone to enjoy the benefits of cryotherapy there are some restrictions. Anyone with the following should not use our machine:
- Untreated Hypertension
- Heart attack within previous 6 months
- Decompensating diseases (edema) of the cardiovascular and respiratory system
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Chronic liver disease
- Unstable Angina Pectoris
- Peripheral Arterial Occlusive Disease
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or known circulatory dysfunction
- Acute febrile respiratory (Flu like respiratory conditions)
- Acute kidney and urinary tract diseases
- Severe Anemia
- Cold Allergenic Phenomenon (known allergy to cold contactants)
- Heavy consumerist diseases (abnormal bleeding)
- Seizure disorders
- Bacterial and viral infections of the skin
- Wound healing disorders (open sores or discharging wound/skin conditions)
- Valvular heart disease
- Recent heart surgery
- Ischemic heart disease
- Raynaud’s disease (please call for more information)
- Hyperhidrosis – heavy perspiration
Questions regarding the above mentioned, must be approved by a doctor with written consent. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a their parent or guardian.We are fully insured and our staff is trained by the manufacturing company of the Juka Cryotherapy Sauna.